"Entrepreneurial Spirit" - Mary Ellen Sheets at Business InSight

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Slides for presentation by Mary Ellen Sheets, founder of Two Men and a Truck, at Detroit Regional Chamber's "Business InSight" conference. October 27, 2009 at Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI.

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"Entrepreneurial Spirit" - Mary Ellen Sheets at Business InSight

  1. 2. <ul><li>Entrepreneurial Spirit </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Mary Ellen Sheets </li></ul>Founder, Two Men & a Truck
  3. 4. <ul><li>The History of </li></ul>
  4. 5. 1980 – 1983 Okemos High School graduates Brig Melanie Jon
  5. 6. 1981 – The first truck
  6. 8. 1985 – 1986 $350 truck Brand new truck
  7. 9. 1987 – The first Lansing office
  8. 10. 1988 – Pee Wee
  9. 11. 1990 – The Kalamazoo street office
  10. 12. 1991 – The first “real” fleet
  11. 13. 1992 – The first “real” franchise office on Michigan Avenue
  12. 14. 1993 – The Michigan Avenue basement
  13. 15. 1993 – The broken leg
  14. 16. 1996 – 1998 The box outlet
  15. 17. 1998 – The new home office in Okemos
  16. 18. 1999 – The National Enquirer
  17. 19. 2001 – The 100th franchise in Mesa, AZ
  18. 20. 2001 – The new building groundbreaking
  19. 21. 2002 – The new home office
  20. 22. 2002 – Truckie is born!
  21. 23. 2003 – Bill Edwards our International Coordinator
  22. 24. 2004 – The groundbreaking for new home office wings
  23. 25. 2004 – The building addition
  24. 26. The training house and truck
  25. 27. Technology lab
  26. 28. The PROSHOP
  27. 29. 2005 - Cover of Franchising World
  28. 30. The first in Canada 2005
  29. 31. 2006
  30. 32. Dublin, Ireland 2007
  31. 33. Moving Forward
  32. 34. Going green
  33. 35. 2008 Board of Directors
  34. 36. Lessons Learned Lesson #1 - Even if you are shy, you can do public speaking if you do it enough.   Lesson #2 - Always give back to your community.   Lesson # 3 - The Customer ALWAYS comes first!   Lesson #4 - Love what you do - Life is not a dress rehearsal.   Lesson # 5 - Don’t listen to negative comments.
  35. 37. Lesson # 6 - Even if you are broke, let people know you WILL pay them back. Keep in contact with them. Send as much as you can afford every month.   Lesson #7 - Always say YES! to any opportunity, as you don’t know where it will lead you.   Lesson #8 - Don’t lose your focus.   Lesson #9 - Take lots of pictures! You will be so glad some day you did. Lesson #10 - If you want to do something bad enough, you can make it happen. Even if you can only do a little each day - do something and when you look back, you will see you have accomplished a lot! Lessons Learned…
  36. 39. <ul><li>Coming up next at 9 a.m. </li></ul>Our three CEOs from Inside the CEO Mind come together to answer your questions in our next session.

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